UCL Doctorate In Clinical Psychology



Clinical Psychologists should be able to select and implement appropriate methods to evaluate the effectiveness, acceptability and broader impact of interventions (both within individuals and organisations), and use this information to inform and shape their practice. Where appropriate this will also involve devising innovative procedures.

In relation to client work this will involve:

An ability to draw on knowledge of quantitative and qualitative procedures used to help clients monitor their progress
An ability to draw on knowledge of commonly used questionnaires and rating scales, and to select measures relevant to the client's presentation
An ability to draw on knowledge regarding the interpretation of measures (e.g. basic principles of test construction, norms and clinical cut-offs, reliability, validity, factors which could influence (and potentially invalidate) test results
An ability to be aware of the ways in which the reactivity of measures and self-monitoring procedures can bias client report
An ability to use and to interpret relevant measures at appropriate points throughout the intervention, with the aim of establishing both a baseline and indications of progress
An ability to share information gleaned from measures with the client, with the aim of giving them feedback about progress
An ability to guide and to adapt the therapy in the light of information from self-monitoring

Clinical Psychologists should also be able to draw on knowledge of research techniques in order to undertake audits of clinical effectiveness and evaluate services, adapting the methodology to match both the research question to be answered and the resources available. They should also be able to give verbal and written feedback regarding the outcome of the audit and identify the implications of the work for practise.

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